The Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT) is an international initiative that monitors and evaluates the health status of populations affected by complex emergencies.
CE-DAT is managed by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and was created in 2003 as part of SMART, an interagency initiative to encourage rational, evidence-driven humanitarian decision-making.
The database focuses on mortality and acute malnutrition - the most commonly used public health indicators of the severity of a humanitarian crisis. Field agencies use mortality and nutrition indicators to identify and measure the severity of needs in order to prioritize human and financial resources. These indicators have also proved useful in monitoring the extent to which the relief system meets the needs of vulnerable populations, and thus the overall impact and effectiveness of the relief system.
Today, with over 3,300 epidemiological surveys from 51 countries, CE-DAT serves as a unique source of field data for monitoring the health status of conflict-affected populations and for the production of trend analyses, impact briefings and policy recommendations.